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Ember & Justin

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An Intentional Lifestyle
General Finance
Early retirement, frugality, budgeting, one income living
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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Only 1/3 of Americans keep a budget. How insane does that seem? How can you save or pay off anything, if you haven’t allocated it appropriately? I have talked before about the reasons we all have debt, and why you should pay it off. Today, I’m going to share all the things we did that helped us pay off our $30k of debt in 18 months, on one income. So, for those ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 7:00 AM
BEEP BEEP BEEP!!! There goes the alarm. After 4 snoozes, you drag yourself to the shower and start the day. The hot water is out, you’re already late so you rush out of the house and forgot breakfast. You get to work late after being in traffic for 20 extra minutes (thanks rubberneckers!!) and finally sit down to your desk. After opening your email, you see a reminder that you are ...
Posted: Sep 14 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Where do your weekends go? Do you wake up Monday morning, feeling a stress hangover from a weekend spent running around? What about your weeknights? Is every night filled with activities? Here’s the thing. I have a hard time saying no. I enjoy going and doing, being active and involved. And it’s not until the end of the night, when we’re fighting the grumpy, napless kids as we wrestle them into their ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 7:00 AM
I would venture to say that the majority of my readers here are married. And I would also feel safe saying that I’m not the only one that thinks marriage is hard. Like, really hard. Not always. Sometimes I can look at Hubs and think, “Man, I love you so dang much!” Other times I want to smack him. This is normal, in case anyone questions that. It’s totally normal, because men ...
Posted: Sep 07 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Wow. Can you believe it’s been about 6 weeks since this all began? It’s been an awesome 6 weeks, if I do say so myself. I’m enjoying all that blogging offers, from the conversation and friendships to learning a whole lot more about myself (like I get real southern when I blog. Who knew?) I have struggled with whether I needed to do this whole blogging report thing, and have two ...
Posted: Sep 05 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Everyone has a story of why they began blogging. It is uniquely their own. Now, most blogs have a post about this, Why I Started Blogging. But I’m going to warn you, mine is probably a bit different. Why? Because I didn’t have a solid why when it began. It grew from the work and effort of the whole process. Wait, wait. I’ll get to my why. But first, I ...
Posted: Aug 31 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Monthly budget meetings. Nope, not talking about meetings at work. I’m talking about meetings between you two, the husband and wife, Mister and Missus, mom and dad, whatever you answer to. You need to sit down and have an hour every month that you talk, IN DEPTH, about your finances. “But a budget meeting? That sounds so boring!” At least one of you is thinking, or saying, that statement. I know because ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 7:00 AM
When is the right time to have kids? That is always the question in the minds of newlyweds (especially the wives), and tends to be a hot topic even in the blog-o-sphere!  I know I’m about to buck the norm here, but I firmly believe that you should start having kids in your 20’s. Heck, I think the best plan is to be done in your 20’s. But obviously, there ...
Posted: Aug 24 2017 @ 7:00 AM
An Intentional Lifestyle has celebrated it’s one month-iversary! Can you believe it? Well, maybe you can, but I sure can’t. I’ve tried to start a blog many times. I have a bucket list dream of writing a book one day, and always felt this was the first step. But, over and over I would quit. Now, 30 days in of daily working and writing, I have learned a lot about writing ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 7:00 AM
It’s date night again!!! This month, we are talking about an out of the house date night idea! Even better, right? Many times that we want to go out, we can’t find anyone to babysit. Thus, nights like Puzzle Edition happen. Those are great nights. Who doesn’t love quiet hours spent together? BUT…. You know you both enjoy a night out, away from the kids, to just be adults. Being mom and dad ...
Posted: Aug 17 2017 @ 7:00 AM


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